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The ultimate writer’s resource just got realer! Kickstarting this month: “Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer”

The Compendium’s Kickstarter campaign is Popular in Publishing and Staff Pick at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1060921494/millers-compendium-a-comprehensive-writers-referen The campaign ends July 10, but don’t wait! – Pre-order the book today – Consider buying an … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Can Music Soothe the Savage Writer?

What music (if any) do you listen to while you’re writing? Nothing works for me as well as…

June 5, 2015 · 6 Comments

How Many Ways Can You Say Boo? 16 Horror Themes (from Iconic Pictures) + 1 or 2 More (from me)

At the outset of a project – and when you’re planning a rewrite – I think it’s good to ask yourself what the the project is about. What’s it really … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

TV Drama Breakdown: Schematic Narrative Composition of CSI and House by Sebastian Armbrust

Actually, the full title is… “Schematic Narrative Composition of CSI and House from Analyzing Storytelling Strategies in Serial Television Drama: Hybrid Structure and Functional Polyvalence in House M.D.” by Sebastian … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sometimes a Story is Plural: Use Vonnegut’s Axis to Develop Character Storylines

In case you’re not familiar with Vonnegut’s Axis, it’s a brilliant tool for analyzing stories that have already been written (see Vonnegut’s brilliant exegesis here), but I’ve just found a … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sample Writer’s Collaboration Agreement (New & Improved)

I recently was on a really interesting panel about collaboration at IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California) and some some issues came up that led me to revise my current … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

13 or 14 Reasons to Take Your Writing Onstage

After producing hundreds of comedy and spoken word shows and coaching other writers on their material and performance, I went onstage a few times last year to do it myself. … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

9 Rules for Getting Feedback

Depending on the nature of the feedback you receive from your readers (or listeners if it’s a staged reading), it can be like taking a warm bath or a cold … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Credible Gunplay: Does my 16 year-old nephew know more about firearms than you?

My nephew recently begged me to get Hollywood to include more realistic gunplay in action movies and TV shows. He points out that the sound of a gun going off … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

7 1/2 Different Ways to Outline (and 2 other Ways to Get an Overview Perspective on) Your Book or Script

Sometimes you want to step back from the trees to see the forest. You don’t have to outline your book or script before you start writing (I think some ‘exploratory … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

6 Formulas for Formula Fiction (by Jim Denney via Michael Moorcock)

1. Length formula: 60,000 words, divided into four sections of 15,000 words, six chapters in each section, no chapter longer than 2,500 words. Each chapter is required to contain elements … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Common Sense, 50 Shades of Gray and 2 other Great Reasons to Consider Self-publishing

In 1776, the failed corset-maker Thomas Paine, then fired from his job as a newspaper editorialist, wrote, edited and self-published “Common Sense”, the pamphlet credited with galvanizing the American colonies … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment
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